The Denver Post had a great editorial column by Al Knight, which covers a wide range of issues related to men in family court. In it, he discusses bias in custody determination, challenges the "deadbeat dad epidemic" myth, and false accusations. Long, but a good read.

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The Mailman writes "David Leland Stevens, science teacher of 32 years, sums it up after the trial: 'I love my job. I love my kids and I love what I do. This is the beginning of the beginning again.'" It's yet another story of a man being falsely accused. The Washington Post has the link here.

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Rand and an Anonymous User both submitted this link to some disturbing news. Prof. Jeffrey Asher from Dawson College (in Canada) had his men's studies classes cancelled by the administration and was told that he could no longer teach on this subject. Prof. Asher then left his job, and is publicly denouncing the decision as a political move to silence his views. Please read this article, and ask yourself, "am I going to keep silent about this?"

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Anonymous User writes "CONROE, Texas - Three years after DNA evidence first suggested he was innocent, a logger serving a 99-year sentence for a rape that he always denied went free Tuesday morning." I didn't receive a link with this, but found an ABCnews story on it here. Note that Mensactivism.org reported on this story back when the pardon was first suggested. Update: Our anonymous friend just sent in this link to a Dallas Morning News article which is really good.

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John Leo's latest article in US News is a series of "politically correct" absurdities, such as banning the children's game "musical chairs" because it encourages aggression, or having men sit down to urinate because it would make them equal with women. Some of the anecdotes were silly, others were more disturbing.

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I received a press release for the Choice for Men demonstration which is planned for Saturday, August 26, 2000, on Capitol Hill. Click "Read More" to read the press release. Mensactivism.org will be tracking the demonstration and I will provide updates on this site of how the demonstration progresses.

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IHF pointed me to this story from the UK Telegraph, "So, are British boys really that bad?" It's based on the comments of the daughter of the US Ambassador about British boys around the age of 15, including "British boys really suck." We're obviously dealing with some high-intellect journalism here.

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Brian O'Higgins writes "According to a "study" by two genderists at Oxford, women are being denied equality in first-class degrees awarded, because the assessment system is geared towards a male style of argumentation. You can read about it at this UK Sunday Times link. Note that in the same breath as these genderists denounce the alleged sexism of this state of affairs, they shamelessly indulge in some very real sexism of their own, blatantly claiming that women consider arguments in a more careful and balanced way than men, exposing once again - for those who have yet to notice - the crypto-racist thinking that underlies much of feminist ideology." Great submission Brian! I couldn't have said it better myself.

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Jim Castelli and an Anonymous User wrote in about this link to a front page Boston Globe article on colleges that are unfriendly to men. Men's Health recently did the survey of colleges and universities and picked the most anti-male schools in the country. I can't find a link to the MH article on-line, but to any young men considering college - find this issue of the magazine and check it out! I'd love to see more assessments of universities based on these criteria.

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Jack Kammer wrote in to ask that I post info about his book, titled If Men Have All The Power How Come Women Make The Rules? I have read this book myself and have found it to be an incredible tool in making friends aware of men's issues, which is almost a miracle in itself. The book is not long and consists of many short aphorisms, which seems to appeal to men. Best of all, the book is free (since Jack couldn't find a publisher), and all he asks is that you write to him and let him know that you've read it and any feedback you could offer him. I'm not the only one with glowing praise for this work, here are comments from other readers as well. And finally, click here to go to his site to download the book (again, it's free - please take a moment to check it out).

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A middle school teacher from Sligo Middle School in the DC area has been charged with having sex with a 12 year-old boy whom she met while teaching summer school. The boy says they have had sex several times since mid-July, and that she would have the boy sneak out of his house at night and pick him up at a street corner to drive him to her home. I will keep an eye on this case and see how it turns out. The Washington Post printed the article here.

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Fresnobee.com had a recent story on a small demonstration in the city against unfair child support practices. The article mentions the standard inequalities and errors that the child support collection system creates, and it's good to see a local newspaper give attention to the issue.

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Aceman writes "This is an ABCnews online chat with Dr. Peter Breggin, author of Talking Back to Ritalin and Reclaiming Our Children: The Healing Solution for a Nation in Crisis." Dr. Breggin is also a medical consultant to plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the company that makes Ritalin for over promoting the drug, so you can be sure that his views aren't positive toward Ritalin. I hope many of the disturbing facts discussed in the transcript will continue the dialogue on this controversial drug and the way it's being (mis)used.

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I found this interesting article from the Denver Post. It's about an attorney who is challenging no-fault divorce law, and is trying to bring the case to the Supreme Court. The theory is quite interesting: a marriage is a contract, and only in no-fault divorce can either party break the terms of the contract without a penalty. Therefore the legality of no fault divorce undermines contract law, and also ruins the legal meaning of marriage. These are things I never considered before, and perhaps it should be the case that if a spouse wants to end a marriage when the other doesn't, that he or she should pay a penalty.

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NewsMax featured this story on how the military is becoming increasingly hostile toward men, with the hypersensitivty surrounding sexual harassment accusations and the lowering of standards to push women ahead into senior positions. The infamous Claudia Kennedy case is discussed, as well as some examples of serious threats to military effectiveness posed by letting women off with less training. A good variety of information here.

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